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Poster: J Bray Date: Nov 17, 2021 12:56am
Forum: texts Subject: Creating a new Science Fiction Convention Archive

I have about 10Gb/2000 files of scanned publications from Science Fiction conventions going back 50 years, nearly all pdfs, a scattering of jpgs, with good metadata. I'm rather daunted by the Linux ia command metadata options, the requirement for unique identifiers and how my collection would site in the overall archive. Can anyone advise the best naming convention to create a collection and import files like

Fandom/Conventions/UK/Eastercon/Illumination/Programme Book.pdf.

Searches suggest there are no current collections that are good matches, and I'd want a naming convention with easily guessable names from external wikis.

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Poster: Bee Ostrowsky Date: Nov 24, 2021 7:24am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Creating a new Science Fiction Convention Archive

I'm fairly drooling at this prospect, as a volunteer researcher for the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction (which includes sf fandom). I wish I had enough Internet Archive experience to give you good advice, but I can say as a future beneficiary of your ephemera-hoard that I've found it very helpful that the Pulp Magazine Archive typically ends filenames with e.g. (1956-04) for April 1956. But you did say you have good metadata, so that might handle the same issue just as easily. I hope that you'll update this post whenever the collection starts going live—this will be huge!

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Poster: J Bray Date: Nov 24, 2021 7:47am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Creating a new Science Fiction Convention Archive

Data currently at http://files.johnbray.org.uk/Fandom/

Probably going to name them
Science_Fiction_Conventions_Worldcon_Intersection_PR_1.pdf, and you'd have to know that it happened in August 1995 from Fancyclopedia.

That is not quite unique for rats nests like multiple Unicon series, but good enough for the files I have

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Poster: Bee Ostrowsky Date: Nov 24, 2021 11:40am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Creating a new Science Fiction Convention Archive

That sounds quite reasonable to me, thank you!